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  • López Obrador sends letter on immigration to Obama

    01/13/2009 11:45:18 AM PST · by GoRepGo · 14 replies · 595+ views ^ | January 12, 2009 | Geovana Ruano Fonseca
    Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the 2006 Mexican Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) presidential candidate, who inaugurated himself the legitimate president of Mexico with a following of more than 2 million people, said that on Saturday he wrote a letter to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to find a solution for the immigration issue. In 2006, López Obrador contested the Mexican presidential election claiming it was fraudulent. The leader of the leftist party, PRD, organized a meeting yesterday at City Hall in San Luis Río Colorado where close to 300 PRD militants attended including members of the Labour Party - Partido del Trabajo...
  • Mexican Rebels Claim Pipeline Attacks

    09/10/2007 3:53:31 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 35 replies · 1,499+ views
    Associated Press via Breitbart ^ | Sep 10, 2007 | MIGUEL HERNANDEZ
    VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) - A shadowy leftist guerrilla group took credit for a string of explosions that ripped apart at least six Mexican oil and gas pipelines Monday, rattling financial markets and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in lost production. The six explosions could be seen miles away, and set off fires that sent flames and black smoke shooting high above the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. At least a dozen pipelines, most carrying natural gas, were affected, said Jesus Reyes Heroles, the head of Mexico's oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, without providing specifics. He said there would be hundreds...
  • A year after defeat, Mexican leftist fades away (ObraGore .. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador)

    07/01/2007 5:43:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 483+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/1/07 | Catherine Bremer
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The leftist who a year ago was a hair's breadth from winning Mexico's presidency was reduced to political artifact on Sunday, drawing a fraction of his old crowds to an anniversary rally. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who insists his razor-thin defeat to Felipe Calderon in the July 2, 2006, election was rigged, has spent most of the past year crisscrossing Mexico to declare himself the "legitimate president." While Sunday's rally attracted tens of thousands of people, numbers were far fewer than the estimated 300,000 who turned out for Lopez Obrador in the run-up to the election...
  • Mexican president cuts his own salary

    12/05/2006 5:21:02 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 11 replies · 444+ views
    Flagstaff Arizona Sun ^ | December 4, 2006 | A.P.
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Newly sworn-in president Felipe Calderon decreed a 10 percent pay cut for himself and his cabinet members on Sunday, echoing a central campaign promise of the leftist rival he beat by a razor-thin margin. Calderon said in a televised speech that he would also slash government spending on everything from cell phone calls to foreign trips and increase transparency to avoid corruption. "We will give accounts of every peso that citizens have given to the government," Calderon said. "Transparency and accountability is the responsibility of every democratic government." Calderon said the spending cuts he signed in...
  • Calderon takes oath as Mexico president

    12/01/2006 9:23:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/06 | Ioan Grillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Felipe Calderon took the oath of office as Mexico's president Friday amid jeers and whistles, in a lightning-fast ceremony before congress that was preceded by a brawl between lawmakers divided over the tight presidential election. Calderon entered through a back door and appeared suddenly on the speaker's platform, which was the site of three days of fistfights and sit-ins by lawmakers seeking to control the stage. Physically protected by dozens of lawmakers and flanked by outgoing President Vicente Fox, Calderon swore to uphold the constitution in comments almost inaudible over the noise. Congress' leader ordered the national...
  • Surge in Violence Shocks Even Weary Mexico-(pile on Mexico is dangerous threads..)

    11/29/2006 3:45:24 AM PST · by Flavius · 11 replies · 794+ views
    washington post ^ | November 29, 2006 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    ZIHUATANEJO, Mexico -- Andr?s Sauzo collects newspapers, astoundingly grisly newspapers. There's the one with the close-up shot of a severed human head. There's the one with the wide-angle of a man hacked to death with a machete. But the worst in his bulky archive of drug-war gore rolled off the presses the day after someone found pieces of what used to be Sauzo's 24-year-old namesake. A hit man had decapitated Sauzo's son, then chopped off his arms and legs. The killer was so unconcerned about being brought to justice that he scrawled his own name and nickname -- "El Barby"...
  • U.S. Sen. Biden focuses on Mexico during talk

    11/28/2006 10:20:17 AM PST · by Dane · 29 replies · 735+ views
    The ^ | November 28, 2006 | Wayne Washington, AP
    U.S. Sen. Biden focuses on Mexico during talk U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wants to get tough with Mexico, a country he called an “erstwhile democracy” with a “corrupt system” that can be blamed for illegal immigration and drug problems in the U.S. Biden, D-Del., was in Columbia on Monday in his first post-election trip to this first-in-the-South presidential primary state as he continues to line up support for his presidential bid. During a question-and-answer session before a group of more than 230 Columbia Rotary Club members, Biden was asked about immigration...
  • Lopez Obrador declares himself Mexico's 'legitimate president'

    11/20/2006 6:38:03 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 1,047+ views
    Excerpt - MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Defeated leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador donned a "presidential sash" before a crowd of thousands, calling himself Mexico's legitimate leader. Lopez Obrador called for "the start of construction of a new republic against a neo-fascist oligarchy" and announced the formation of a "parallel government" to "protect the rights of the people." In a symbolic "inauguration" in the capital city's central square, he said "it is an honor to be the legitimate president of Mexico." Followers of his Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) have threatened to disrupt president-elect Felipe Calderon's December 1 inauguration. Calderon...
  • Mexico leftist to swear in as "legitimate president"

    11/20/2006 1:25:20 PM PST · by Uncledave · 24 replies · 751+ views
    Rooters/Yahoo ^ | 11/20/2006 | Kieran Murray
    Mexico leftist to swear in as "legitimate president" By Kieran Murray Mon Nov 20, 1:19 PM ET MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist opposition leader was to swear in as "legitimate president" on Monday to revive his flagging campaign against a July election he says was rigged and to prevent his conservative rival from running the country. Tens of thousands of supporters were expected to cram into Mexico City's vast Zocalo square to see Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador take an oath of office in a ceremony that has no legal weight but could mark the start of new street protests....
  • Parallel government takes 'office' today

    11/20/2006 9:11:36 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 669+ views ^ | 11/19/2006 | Marion Lloyd
    MEXICO CITY — "¡Presidente! ¡Presidente!" The murmur grew to a roar as Andrés Manuel López Obrador made his way through the throngs of working-class supporters gathered under a darkening sky. "You're not alone!" screamed one woman, nearly fainting after the former Mexico City mayor rewarded her with a kiss on the cheek. Others thrust out photos of López Obrador wearing the presidential sash, hoping for an autograph. The recent rally in a Mexico City slum might have been a stop on the leftist's campaign trail. Except that the presidential elections were over nearly five months ago. And the courts named...
  • Investigation of Oaxacan leftist org APPO requested, evidence of Hugo Chavez ties surfaces (Trans)

    11/01/2006 3:46:58 PM PST · by StJacques · 33 replies · 2,512+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | October 31, 2006 | Jorge Teherán ( translated by self )
    PRI members ask Segob to investigate financing of APPO The National College of Adherent Organizations of the PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] calls for the clarification of those who have supported the more than 160 days of protests which were carried out in Oaxaca Jorge Teherán El Universal (Mexico City) Tuesday 31 October 2006 6:31 p.m.   Organizations of the PRI demanded today of the Governmental Secretary, Carlos Abascal Carranza, to make publicly known who they find behind the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), since it is known that "these movements cost." In a press conference, organizations adhering...
  • Leftists proclaim a ‘parallel’ government (Obragore's Mexican Revolution continues)

    09/17/2006 10:21:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 807+ views
    ap on Daily Bulletin ^ | 9/17/06 | Lisa J. Adams - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador named him leader of a ‘‘parallel government" Saturday during a mass meeting in the same square where President Vicente Fox celebrated Independence Day hours earlier with a giant military parade. Lopez Obrador’s supporters, who insist fraud denied the leftist the July 2 election, derided Fox as a ‘‘crook" during the parade. Fox and President-elect Felipe Calderon are both from the conservative National Action Party. After the parade passed, Lopez Obrador supporters moved back into the capital’s enormous main square, Zocalo. They set up temporary meeting places for the...
  • Mexico Reevaluates Venezuela Relations [Stolen Election - Obrador Prez]

    09/17/2006 8:39:50 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 17 replies · 523+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/06 | AP Staff
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexico said Sunday that it is reevaluating its diplomatic relations with Venezuela after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the Mexican government of stealing its country's recent presidential election. Chavez said last week that his government had not recognized the victory of Mexican ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon because of concerns about alleged election irregularities. Chavez apparently expanded on his allegations Saturday when interviewed by CNN at the Nonaligned Movement summit in Havana. According to a CNN anchor, Chavez again accused Mexico's conservative National Action Party of stealing the election, and said Calderon's campaign had "destroyed" the opportunity...
  • Leftists end Mexico City street protests

    09/15/2006 6:43:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 421+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/06 | Lisa J. Adams - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday ended the street protest that clogged the heart of the capital for nearly seven weeks, but they vowed to find other ways to resist the incoming conservative president. The announcement of the end of the protest camps came a day after President Vicente Fox decided to move Friday night's annual independence celebration away from the main square to avoid the protesters. The president moved the ceremony to the city of Dolores Hidalgo, 170 miles away. Mexican media quoted Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal as saying the feuding parties had...
  • Mexican officials to burn ballots (despite calls from both candidates to spare them)

    09/12/2006 9:06:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 453+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | Will Weissert - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Electoral officials said Tuesday that they will burn the ballots from the disputed presidential election despite calls from both candidates to spare them. Luis Carlos Ugalde, chairman of the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, said in a letter to President-elect Felipe Calderon that a 1990 law clearly called for the burning of the ballots from the July 2 election. "The IFE is obliged to destroy electoral documentation once the electoral process is concluded," Ugalde wrote. No date was set for the burning. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had asked that the ballots be saved, claiming fraud...
  • Political chaos rules in Oaxaca (Mexico)

    09/12/2006 11:00:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 31 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Arizona Republic | September 12, 2006 | Chris Hawley
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  • Obrador rejects Mexico election defeat-("immigration could become an exodus,)

    09/10/2006 5:16:26 AM PDT · by Flavius · 47 replies · 1,053+ views
    telegraph ^ | 10/09/2006 | By James Hider in Mexico City
    Mexico faces a plunge into political chaos after a senior aide to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the Left-wing former mayor of Mexico City will set up a "resistance government" and declare himself president, despite being declared the loser of July's election. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Mr Lopez Obrador's campaign refuses to acknowledge defeat, and has set up sprawling protest camps in Mexico City's main square "Even though the official institutions, like a spent force, have recognised the Right-wing candidate, we are not going to," Gerardo Fernandez Norona, a senior strategist in Mr Lopez Obrador's campaign, told The Sunday...
  • Obrador says he will create government

    09/08/2006 3:04:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 824+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 8, 2006 | MARK STEVENSON
    Last updated 1:33 p.m. PT ASSOCIATED PRESS MEXICO CITY -- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given up efforts to have himself declared winner of Mexico's presidential race, but he still plans a parallel government to cater to the poor and keep alive his fight against the president-elect, a party spokesman said Friday. Since Mexico's top electoral court rejected Lopez Obrador's allegations of widespread fraud in the July 2 vote, he has focused on a Sept. 16 convention where supporters will declare him leader of a resistance government. The plan is to block President-elect Felipe Calderon at every step, including his...
  • Lopez Obrador Rages in Mexico City at Yesterday's Decision of the Electoral Tribunal (Translation)

    09/06/2006 3:47:16 PM PDT · by StJacques · 48 replies · 1,370+ views ^ | September 6, 2006 | El Universal redaction ( translated by self )
    The 10 Points of AMLO's Message Redaction EL El Universal Mexico City Wednesday 6 September 2006 After the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) gave its qualification of the presidential election and declared Felipe Calderon President-Elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his informative session [said the following]: 1. He accused the magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation of submission, "they did not have the courage, the dignity, the pride, the arrogance to act as free men," in ratifying the triumph of the PAN candidate. 2. He stated that he...
  • Mexican Left/ American Left: What's the Difference?

    09/06/2006 5:53:52 PM PDT · by 60Gunner · 18 replies · 448+ views
    9/6/06 | 60Gunner
    The story goes like this: A man is elected the nation's president by a narrow margin. The loser of the election, who is a leftist, demands a recount. The recount also goes in favor of the winner. The high court of the land is called in to rule. The judgment upholds the nation's constitution and rules in favor of the winner of the recount. The loser's leftist supporters are stunned; many openly weep, rant and curse, and the leftist's supporters vow to leave their country for the country to the north. The leftist loser also vows to oppose the newly-elected...
  • Leftist Vows to Create Separate Gov't [Obrador plays Sore Loserman in Mexico]

    09/06/2006 7:38:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 638+ views
    AP ^ | 9/6/6 | WILL WEISSERT
    MEXICO CITY, -- Defeated leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected a court decision awarding Mexico's presidency to Felipe Calderon, insisting he will never recognize his rival's legitimacy and vowing to create a parallel government from the streets. Calderon celebrated his long-delayed victory by reaching out to the millions of Mexicans who did not vote for him and calling on his main adversaries, including Lopez Obrador, to help heal the nation's divisions. Lopez Obrador's supporters threw trash at the headquarters of Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal, whose seven magistrates voted unanimously Tuesday to declare Calderon president-elect. The decision rejected Lopez Obrador's...
  • Mexican leftist will never accept rival's win

    09/04/2006 1:04:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 56 replies · 1,400+ views
    Yahoo News & Reuters ^ | September 3, 2006
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist opposition leader said on Sunday he will never recognize his right-wing rival as president and vowed a "radical transformation" of the country by setting up a parallel government. Mexico's electoral court is almost certain to confirm the ruling party's Felipe Calderon as president-elect this week, but Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insists he was robbed in the July 2 election. "We will never accept usurpation nor recognize a president-elect who is illegitimate," the former mayor of Mexico City told a rally of thousands of supporters in the capital's main square.
  • Mexico leftist threatens to block rival (Obrador seeks to disrupt swearing in of Calderon in Dec.)

    09/02/2006 8:32:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 890+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/2/06 | Julie Watson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's leftist presidential candidate threatened to disrupt the swearing in of his ruling party rival Saturday, a day after lawmakers blocked the outgoing president from delivering his state-of-the-nation speech to Congress in an escalating crisis over the July 2 election. Leftist legislators yelling for a recount of votes surrounded the congressional podium on Friday, leaving President Vicente Fox, wearing his presidential sash, standing at the door of the chambers with no choice but to hand in his annual, written report and leave. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he will never recognize a victory by...
  • Mexico deputies stop Fox speech

    09/01/2006 8:22:41 PM PDT · by Flavius · 98 replies · 3,726+ views
    south asian media ^ | Saturday, September 02,2006 | south asian
    Left-wing deputies in Mexico have taken over the stage in Congress, forcing outgoing President Vicente Fox to abandon his final annual address. Before Mr Fox arrived, the legislators, who allege fraud in recent elections, marched onto the main podium where they shouted slogans and sang songs. Mr Fox will deliver his speech on television from his official residence. The deputies back Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who says fraud denied him victory in July presidential elections. Thousands of his supporters have also been protesting outside Congress. They have been engaged in a tense stand-off with hundreds of riot police, although the...
  • Mexican lawmakers take stage at Congress

    09/01/2006 5:25:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,727+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/1/06 | Julie Watson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Dozens of opposition lawmakers took control of the stage at the Mexican Congress Friday minutes before President Vicente Fox was scheduled to deliver his last state-of-the-nation address. The lawmakers held placards calling the Mexican leader a traitor to democracy and refused to leave until authorities removed police barricades that had been set up in advance of Fox's annual speech. The lawmakers ignored demands that they return to their seats, shouting "Vote by Vote" — a rallying cry for leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's bid for a full recount in the July 2 election. Thousands of...
  • UPDATE 1-Mexico leftists to disrupt Fox speech in election fight

    09/01/2006 12:09:23 PM PDT · by Dane · 7 replies · 461+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 1, 2006 | Catherine Bremer
    MEXICO CITY, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Mexican riot police sealed off Congress on Friday to protect President Vicente Fox from protests during his final state of the nation speech from leftists claiming fraud in last month's election. Police deployed 6,000 officers equipped with water cannons and blocked nearby streets and metro stations with metal barricades to discourage protesters from massing. Fox, who steps down in December, was to deliver his annual state of the nation speech on Friday evening. Aides said he would not back down to leftist who aimed to disrupt him "He will give a speech to the...
  • Leftists concede Mexico poll

    08/31/2006 4:47:28 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 25 replies · 828+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 1 September 2006
    MEXICO'S leftist opposition leader acknowledges a court will soon declare his conservative rival Felipe Calderon president-elect even though he believes the July 2 election was fraudulent, an aide said overnight. Mexico's top electoral tribunal this week rejected most of leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's claims of vote fraud, almost guaranteeing Mr Calderon the presidency. Manuel Camacho Solis, one of Mr Lopez Obrador's top advisors, said the leftist believed the court would seal his fate in the next few days by ruling the election was clean and formally announcing Mr Calderon as the winner. "Yes, that's the evaluation That's the...
  • More Immigration Demonstrations Planned [organizer is PRD official]

    08/31/2006 12:34:07 PM PDT · by lonewacko_dot_com · 27 replies · 793+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/31/06 | Karin Brulliard
    After four months of relative quiet, immigration reform advocates are mobilizing a new round of protests in Washington and other cities to put pressure on a returning Congress and reinvigorate a Latino movement that awakened in massive demonstrations this spring. The events will begin tomorrow in Chicago, where demonstrators plan to set out on a four-day march to the district offices of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R) in Batavia, Ill., and will continue with one-day rallies throughout next week in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles... ...But organizers say the movement has not lost steam. Immigrants, they said, are enthusiastic...
  • Trouble Brewing - North and South of the Border !

    08/31/2006 7:44:32 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 2 replies · 366+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 08/31/06 | vanity
    There is trouble brewing on BOTH sides of the Border. In Mexico,unsuccessful presidential candidate Obrador is threatening to take over the government on 9/16/06. In the USA,especially in the Border states,increasingly fed-up locals are threatening to take matters into their own hands - even if it means civil war !
  • Mexico leftist to create parallel gov't (Megalomania Alert!)

    08/29/2006 2:49:26 PM PDT · by TheDon · 73 replies · 1,321+ views
    YahooNews ^ | August 29, 2006 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, convinced he won't be awarded the presidency, has vowed to create a parallel leftist government and is urging Mexicans not to recognize the apparent victory of the ruling party's Felipe Calderon. .................... Both scenarios are possibilities as the former Mexico City mayor lays out plans to create his own government to rule from the streets, with the support of thousands who are already occupying protest camps throughout downtown Mexico City. ...................
  • Court upholds victory of Calderón, Obrador vows to set-up parallel government

    08/28/2006 5:45:36 PM PDT · by DaoPian · 24 replies · 746+ views
    El ^ | 8/28/2006 | Arturo Zárate Vite
    Original in Spanish.
  • Lopez Obrador claims constitutional authority, calls "National Democratic Convention" (Translation)

    08/15/2006 7:40:09 PM PDT · by StJacques · 50 replies · 1,354+ views ^ | August 15, 2006 | Jorge Ramos ( translated by self )
    AMLO Summons a National Democratic Convention The PRD member evokes Article 39 of the Constitution to affirm that the people are the only ones who can change the government; he recalls the "Ayala Plan," signed by Emiliano Zapata. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched his call for a "National Democratic Convention For the Good of All," with its basis in Article 39 of the Constitution, to be held the 16th of September in the Zocalo capital square [in Mexico City]. The PRD member read said constitutional precept aloud and recalled that therein it is indicated that national sovereignty resides in...
  • Recounting Our Way to Democracy (Mexico's Algore Writes Op-Ed for NY Times)

    08/11/2006 4:51:40 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 351+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 11, 2006 | Andrés Manuel López Obrador
    NOT since 1910, when another controversial election sparked a revolution, has Mexico been so fraught with political tension. The largest demonstrations in our history are daily proof that millions of Mexicans want a full accounting of last month’s presidential election. My opponent, Felipe Calderón, currently holds a razor-thin lead of 243,000 votes out of 41 million cast, but Mexicans are still waiting for a president to be declared. Unfortunately, the electoral tribunal responsible for ratifying the election results thwarted the wishes of many Mexicans and refused to approve a nationwide recount. Instead, their narrow ruling last Saturday allows for ballot...
  • Mexico Starts Partial Recount of Vote

    08/09/2006 9:07:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 488+ views
    AP ^ | 8/9/6 | LISA J. ADAMS
    MEXICO CITY -- Electoral officials fanned out across the country Wednesday to begin a partial recount in Mexico's tight presidential election, while leftists alleging vote fraud blocked bank headquarters in the capital and vowed to take their disruptive protests nationwide. Guarded by soldiers and monitored by electoral judges and representatives of all of Mexico's five political parties, authorities started sifting through ballots cast at 11,839 polling booths, about 9 percent of the 130,000 booths used during the July 2 election. The count must finish by Sunday. The Federal Electoral Tribunal will review the results and can then declare a president-elect...
  • RPT-Mexico leftist warns of long fight over vote count-("This is a struggle between poor and rich..)

    08/07/2006 4:46:08 AM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 333+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 06 Aug 2006 | y Kieran Murray
    MEXICO CITY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist opposition leader pledged on Sunday to organize new mass protests to force a full recount of votes in a tight presidential election he narrowly lost, and warned it could be a long battle. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would extend his campaign of civil resistance, which has paralyzed the capital for the past week, starting with a huge demonstration outside Mexico's top electoral court on Monday. Aides also said protests would be organized wherever conservative President Vicente Fox travels inside Mexico. "We are going to prepare ourselves for a struggle that...
  • Mexican Candidate Ready for Long Battle

    08/06/2006 8:57:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 325+ views
    AP ^ | 8/6/6 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY -- Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he was digging in for a long battle to ensure his ruling-party rival is not declared the winner of presidential elections, calling on supporters to demonstrate in front of the court that ruled against his demand for a full recount. Lopez Obrador told tens of thousands of followers in Mexico City's main Zocalo plaza that they should indefinitely man the sprawling, week-old protest camps that have brought much of the capital's normally thriving center to a halt. The blockades have snarled traffic, costing the city an estimated $23 million...
  • Showdown is looming in streets of Mexico

    08/06/2006 3:31:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 1,168+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 08/05/2006 | Dane Schiller
    MEXICO CITY — A showdown looms in the streets today after a tribunal of federal judges ruled against a charismatic populist who lost a presidential election cliffhanger but inspires thousands of supporters camping in a downtown tent city that stretches for miles. With tensions already elevated by weeks of marches and blockades, Mexicans braced for what may come this morning when Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to announce how civil resistance to the election results will intensify. López Obrador rejected the tribunal's decision Saturday for a partial recount, rather than a full one, of the closest election in Mexico history....
  • Lopez Obrador is Moving Leftist Protestors to HQ of Mexico's Electoral Tribunal (Translation)

    08/06/2006 3:02:50 PM PDT · by StJacques · 44 replies · 765+ views ^ | August 6, 2006 | ( translated by self )
    AMLO is moving informative assembly1 to the TEPJF The candidate of the For the Good of All coalition2 called on his sympathizers to come together tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of the Electoral Tribunal to carry out an assembly. The candidate of the For the Good of All coalition, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced that tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. the coalition will carry out an informative assembly in front of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation. During his fourth informative assembly in the Zocalo capital plaza, Lopez Obrador insisted on the necessity of...
  • Protests affecting tourism

    08/05/2006 3:05:46 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 15 replies · 606+ views
    Universal-Herald ^ | August 5, 2006 | rovenstinez
    In Mexico City, supporters of left-leaning candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador have taken over streets to press election officials for a recount in the disputed July 2 presidential election. Tourism officials say things could get even worse. "If this goes on for a week or 10 days more, some hotels are going to be in a desperate situation," said Carlos Mackinlay, director of Mexico City tourism promotion. Double-decker buses no longer tour the tree-lined Reforma, which connects the city´s Chapultepec Park to the Historic Center but is now closed to traffic. Museums, restaurants and hotels stand largely empty. Tourists who...
  • Mexican Electoral Court Rejects Recount

    08/05/2006 11:27:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 60 replies · 3,196+ views
    AP ^ | 8/5/6 | TRACI CARL
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Mexico's top electoral court on Saturday rejected a ballot-by-ballot recount in the disputed presidential election, angering supporters of leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who have kept the nation in turmoil for weeks. In Mexico's central plaza, thousands of protesters watched the court session on a huge screen, chanting "Vote by vote!" and drowning out the judges' statements. Representatives of Lopez Obrador walked out of the session in protest. Tens of thousands of Lopez Obrador's supporters have camped out in the capital's center for a week, disrupting business and traffic to press their case that their...
  • Leftists put Mexico on security alert

    08/04/2006 4:39:09 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 16 replies · 735+ views
    CNN ^ | August 4, 2006 | CNN (via Reuters)
    MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) -- Mexico ramped up security at its international airport, power plants and oil refineries on Friday, as leftists challenging a tight presidential election result threatened to intensify crippling protests.
  • Poll protests block Mexico City

    07/31/2006 12:39:16 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 12 replies · 640+ views
    BBC ^ | July 31, 2006 | BBC
    The left-wing candidate in Mexico's disputed election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his backers are occupying the capital's main square and avenues. Mr Lopez Obrador on Sunday called on his adherents to paralyse Mexico City until every vote was recounted. Official results from the 2 July vote gave victory to the conservative Felipe Calderon by half a percentage point. Mr Lopez Obrador alleges vote counts were rigged - but EU monitors have said they found no irregularities. The country's electoral court has until the end of August to rule on a recount.
  • Mexican judges face tough test in disputed presidential race (public hearings start today)

    07/29/2006 1:46:43 PM PDT · by Stultis · 11 replies · 653+ views
    AP via The Pueblo Chieftain (CO) ^ | 29 July 2006 | JULIE WATSON
    Mexican judges face tough test in disputed presidential race By JULIE WATSONTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEXICO CITY  -  The future of Mexico’s young democracy lies in the hands of seven judges who have the final word on a disputed presidential election that has strained class divisions and threatened the nation’s stability, with one candidate calling for millions to protest.The magistrates  -  including Mexico’s first female district judge and a respected author on ethics and democracy  -  have shown toughness and independence in thousands of electoral disputes, ruling against all three major parties.But they have never faced a challenge like this. Mexicans...
  • Obrador declares himself Prez of Mexico!

    07/26/2006 5:19:15 PM PDT · by BlackJack · 57 replies · 2,196+ views
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The leftist contesting Mexico's July 2 election on the grounds of vote-rigging declared himself president on Wednesday and said his supporters would step up a campaign of civil disobedience next week. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who lost the vote count to conservative rival Felipe Calderon by a tiny margin, said in a television interview that a rally on Sunday in Mexico City would show his backers have the energy to keep up protests. "I am already president. I won the presidential election. I am president of Mexico by the will of the majority of Mexicans," Lopez...
  • Leftist tells U.S. network he is president of Mexico

    07/26/2006 4:42:00 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 23 replies · 1,225+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 26 July 2006 | Staff
    Mexico City, Jul 26 (EFE).- Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told the biggest Spanish-language television network in the United States that he is president of Mexico "by the will of the majority," though election authorities have yet to rule on his challenge of results that gave the victory to his conservative opponent. Officials results showed Felipe Calderon with an advantage of 0.58 percent over Lopez Obrador in the July 2 balloting, but the leftist is demanding a vote-by-vote recount. Mexico's electoral tribunal has until Sept. 6 to declare who will be sworn-in Dec. 1 to succeed conservative incumbent Vicente Fox...
  • Protesters take over Oaxaca, Mexico

    07/21/2006 10:51:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,026+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/06 | Ioan Grillo - ap
    OAXACA, Mexico - Protesters have taken over the center of folkloric Oaxaca, making tourists show identification at makeshift checkpoints, smashing the windows of quaint hotels and spray-painting revolutionary slogans. Police are nowhere in sight. It's not the tranquil cultural gem beloved by tourists from the United States and Europe. A month of protests to try to oust the governor have forced authorities to cancel many events, including the Guelaguetza dance festival. Most tourists are staying away, costing the city millions of dollars. The protests follow other eruptions of civil unrest and class conflict that have plagued President Vicente Fox as...
  • Obrador calls for Mexico recount

    07/17/2006 2:35:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 20 replies · 824+ views
    CNN ^ | 07-17-2006 | CNN
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ratcheted up demands for a full recount in the presidential election apparently won by his conservative rival with calls for a civil resistance campaign before supporters who overwhelmed the capital's central square.
  • Supporters of Mexican leftist begin massing

    07/12/2006 12:06:59 PM PDT · by StJacques · 62 replies · 1,520+ views ^ | July 12, 2006 | Associated Press
    Presidential election protests will call for ballot-by-ballot recount MONTERREY, Mexico - Supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador headed to Mexico City on Wednesday, leaving mountain towns and sprawling industrial cities to demand a ballot-by-ballot recount. Protesters gathered outside the country’s 300 electoral districts before heading to the capital, where a mass rally is planned for Sunday to denounce official results showing conservative Felipe Calderon as the apparent winner of the July 2 election. Carrying signs that read “Vote by vote! No to electoral fraud!” and wearing yellow, the color of Lopez Obrador’s Democratic Revolution Party, dozens of...
  • Election result splits Bay Area Mexicans

    07/12/2006 1:16:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 581+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 7/12/6 | Tom Lochner
    Mexicans living in the Bay Area are split roughly along class lines in their choice for Mexico's next president, conversations with community leaders and everyday people reveal. Business owners, their employees and people who can readily afford to travel tended to support Felipe Calderon, the apparent winner of last week's election, while his unconceding rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador found favor with the more precariously employed and their advocates.In San Pablo, arguably Contra Costa County's most Latino city, workers and customers at Carmelita's Beauty Salon on Tuesday expressed hope that Calderon will prevail."It will be good for the Mexicans who...
  • Fraud video claim in Mexico poll (LeftLoser creating false controversy)

    07/11/2006 8:24:06 AM PDT · by piytar · 4 replies · 525+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 11, 2006
    The electoral authorities say the video images showing supposed irregularities have been misinterpreted. Results from the 2 July poll show conservative candidate Felipe Calderon winning by 0.57 percentage points. Mr Lopez Obrador has filed a legal challenge and called for nationwide protests to press calls for a recount.